- a signal, as by drum or bugle, for troops to fall into ranks or otherwise assemble.
- the movement of forces, tanks, soldiers, etc., scattered by battle or battle drill, toward and into a small area.
Origin of assembly
synonym study for assembly
OTHER WORDS FROM assemblypre·as·sem·bly, noun, plural pre·as·sem·blies.re·as·sem·bly, noun, plural re·as·sem·blies.self-as·sem·bly, noun, plural self·-as·sem·blies.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH assemblyassemblage, assembly
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What does assembly mean?
An assembly is a gathering of people, usually for some specific reason, as in The preacher gave a sermon before the assembly.
Assembly is used to refer to a group of people who have gathered together. Usually, the people have a reason to come together such as for religious, political, or social purposes.
Assembly can also refer to the gathering or coming together of people, as in The principal organized an assembly of all of the parents.
Assembly can also refer to a legislative body in which politicians gather to perform the political process. In this case, assembly is often capitalized when it’s a part of the name of the body, as in The bill was discussed by the California State Assembly.
Lastly, assembly can refer to the act of putting something together or fitting parts together, as in Jorge helped his granddaughter with the assembly of the model airplane.
Assembly comes from the verb assemble, which usually means to gather things or people together, as in The players assembled into a group huddle.
Example: The police chief spoke to an assembly of citizens concerned about theft in the neighborhood.
Where does assembly come from?
The first records of assembly come from around 1275. It ultimately comes from the Middle French verb assembler, meaning “to assemble.” Simply put, an assembly is a group of people who have assembled, or gathered.
Assembly is similar to words such as crowd, flock, and congregation. However, assembly and congregation are often used to mean that people have gathered in an organized manner for a specific reason or purpose, while crowd and flock might be used to describe a group of people who are disorganized or who aren’t all in a place for the same reason, as at a shopping center.
Assembly is also used to refer to putting parts together in order to build something. Many parents are often dismayed to discover that toys for their children are labeled as “some assembly required” because this usually means their child (or, more likely, themselves) will have to build the toy before anyone can play with it.
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What are some other forms related to assembly?
- preassembly (noun)
- self-assembly (noun)
What are some synonyms for assembly?
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What are some words that often get used in discussing assembly?
How is assembly used in real life?
Assembly is a common word that often refers to legislative bodies.
Ruling NDA ahead in over half of 243 assembly seats; BJP appears set to outperform alliance partner JDU, according to trends. #BiharElection2020
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 10, 2020
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Before William the Conqueror invaded Britain in 1066, the monarch was supported by an assembly of advisors and nobles who provided political advice – however, they had no power to make laws. What was this assembly was called?
— Australian Parliament House (@Aust_Parliament) April 21, 2020
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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of assembly?
How to use assembly in a sentence
Police in riot gear—and others camouflaged in plain clothes—made nearly 300 arrests, citing the majority for “unlawful assembly.”Hong Kong’s citywide COVID-19 testing has become a barometer of public trust|eamonbarrett|September 9, 2020|Fortune
They have to pay employees to fill out the forms, but they could have someone doing that for $15 an hour, so it’s probably just a mass assembly line.The Loan Company That Sued Thousands of Low-Income Latinos During the Pandemic|by Kiah Collier, Ren Larson and Perla Trevizo|August 31, 2020|ProPublica
Over time, Shih argues, outsourcing has cannibalized not only the assembly line jobs we associate with the factory floor, but the whole chain of intellectual effort that makes those jobs possible.
Every aspect of project management, systems engineering, risk management, and logistics of the machine assembly must perform together with the precision of a Swiss watch.Construction of the World’s Biggest Nuclear Fusion Plant Just Started in France|Edd Gent|August 3, 2020|Singularity Hub
The economy is changing at a rate of speed that looks like something that I’m sure people who didn’t have electrification, and they got electricity, and then we had assembly lines, felt.
His son, Yaqoob Bizenjo, served as a member of the National Assembly until 2013.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The FSLN-controlled legislative assembly approved the mega-project under a cloud of secrecy in a record seven days.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution|Nina Lakhani|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At break time, the entire assembly line would run over to play the machines that were ready to be shipped out.
Call your state senators, your assembly members, your mayors, and your city councils.
A representative assembly, John Adams wrote in 1776, “should be in miniature an exact portrait of the people at large.”Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?|Michael Schulson|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What course was taken to supply that assembly when any noble family became extinct?Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
Opening of the national assembly of France, after the abdication of Louis Philippe.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
Struck with surprise, the dead silence of profound awe, for an instant stilled the whole assembly.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
"We yield obedience to the act granting duties," declared the Massachusetts Assembly.The Eve of the Revolution|Carl Becker
Fresh Commissioners came from the Assembly, and it was only their fortunate recall to Paris that saved the general from arrest.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for assembly (1 of 2)
- a signal for personnel to assemble, as by drum, bugle, etc
- (as modifier)an assembly area